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Urban Mobility Measures for New Mayors

7th Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The 2014 Transportation Agenda

As 2014 gets under way, many of the country's largest cities are transitioning into new leadership. New mayors such as those of New York, Boston, Detroit, Cincinnati, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh are coming in amidst renewed understanding of the role, power, and influence of metropolitan regions. In their own way, each new mayor seeks to position his or her city as a hotbed of innovation in economic development, customer service, administration, finance, operations, housing, education, neighborhood regeneration, infrastructure, and public safety. And while expectations for these cities have never been so high, the fiscal fragility of cities has never been so real. Portfolios of expenditures, liabilities, and subsidies have been exposed by insufficient revenues and poor performing investments on Wall Street and main street. As a result, these new mayors must be creative and practical in guiding their cities through their first terms. 

One of the areas that these new mayors share a focus is transportation and regional connectivity.

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The Fear Factor

Mikael Colville-Andersen talks about how the selling of fear keeps us in the only non-fear-regulated transportation market, the autombile.

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Alex Steffen talks talks Urbanization


When should we pay for rail?

Why phasing is critical to meaningful diversification of transportation

The debate surrounding President Obama's massive increase in transportation funding is growing. Recent analysis of the drafted budget shows up to 77 percent increases for federal transit programs. But does the government enjoy favorable market conditions in which to build this new nationalized service? The truth of the matter is that so long as we continue to deeply subsidize rail's biggest competitors, it makes little sense to build at great expense a diluting asset.

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Pitch for Rebuilding Infrastructure Carries Political Challenges

Original Article

When President Obama uses his State of the Union address on Tuesday to rally America to “outbuild” other nations, he will face an unusual challenge: getting Republicans to embrace public works projects again as the kind of worthy bacon they have traditionally fought to bring home, and not as wasteful pork that should be spurned.

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